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Statement of Scalabrini International Migration Network—Second round of negotiations of the Global Compact on Migration

MAR 15 2018 by SIMN
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New York, March 15, 2018 - With over 250 programs worldwide serving migrants, including shelters, SIMN is well-versed in the reality of large migration movements.  In our experience, we find that stark distinctions between regular and irregular migrants and migrants and refugees do not reflect what is happening on the ground, which is what the GCM is trying to impact.  A person can meet the definition of a migrant or refugee, or can be seen as an irregular migrant or regular migrant, all at the same time. 

For example, an individual or family can be seeking family reunification at the same time they have a valid protection need.  We see this in our experience in working with Central American migrants, who can be fleeing organized criminal networks at the same time they are trying to reach a parent or other family member in the United States.  Because in some cases they are fleeing generalized violence, these persons or families may not receive asylum protection in the United States, even though their return may result in harm or even death.

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Muchos viajes, una familia: sus dolores y gloria

FEV 26 2018 by SIMN
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Taipei, Taiwan, 26 de febrero de 2018 - Nada es imposible cuando te desafían y crees que se puede hacer porque Dios abrirá un camino cuando confíes en que Él así lo hará.

La Oficina de Preocupación de los Trabajadores Migrantes, más conocida como MWCD, se encuentra en la Iglesia de San Cristóbal, que es el corazón y el centro de actividades para los migrantes de diferentes nacionalidades. Estos migrantes vienen aquí para orar, encontrarse con amigos, comprar, remesas y entretenerse. MWCD que está bajo la supervisión de la Arquidiócesis de Taipei está dirigido por el Rev. Padre. Franco Lacanaria, CS- como párroco y director, Rev. Fr. Tran Van Thiet, CS y Rev. Fr. Alexmar Bula, CS como Diputados y Ayudantes de Sacerdotes Parroquiales. Esta oficina atiende las necesidades de los migrantes mediante asistencia de casos, asesoramiento, información, vinculación, cursos de capacitación y otros.

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Many Journeys, One Family: Its Pains and Glory

FEV 26 2018 by SIMN
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Taipei, Taiwan, February 26, 2018 - Nothing is impossible when you are challenged and you believe that it can be done because God will make a way when you trust Him do his ways.

Migrants Workers’ Concern Desk, better known as MWCD is located at St. Christopher’s Church which is the heart and center of activities for migrants of different nationalities. These migrants come here to pray, meet friends, for shopping, remittances and entertainments. MWCD which is under the supervision of the Taipei Archdiocese is headed by Rev. Fr. Franco Lacanaria, CS- as Parish Priest and Director, Rev. Fr. Tran Van Thiet, CS and Rev. Fr. Alexmar Bula, CS as Deputies and Assistant Parish Priests. This office caters to the needs of migrants by case assistance, counseling, information, bonding, training courses and others.

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Significant Migration Experiences

FEV 22 2018 by SIMN
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Representatives of the Cúcuta Scalabrinian mission and Universidad Francisco de Paula Santander (UFPS), made a joint visit to the Scalabrinian migrant shelters in Mexico

Cúcuta, Colombia, February 22, 2018 - The borders of Tapachula and Tijuana (South and North of Mexico, respectively) receive thousands of migrants daily, who yearn to arrive at the United States in search of better living conditions. In their path through Mexico, the Scalabrinian Shelters provide lodging and food, technical skills training and job creation.

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